to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), more than
half of all workers used a computer on the job in September
2001. And nearly three-fourths of those workers connected to
the Internet or used e-mail.
Data from the September 2001 supplement to the Current
Population Survey indicate that 54 percent of employed
persons, or about 72 million workers, used a computer on the
job. Of those, 72 percentóroughly 52 million workersócited
using a computer to gain access to the Internet or for
sending and receiving e-mail. As the chart shows, rates of
computer and Internet or e-mail use varied by occupation.
In addition to Internet access and e-mail use, activities
of people who used a computer at work included word
processing or desktop publishing, spreadsheet or database
creation or review, and calendar or scheduling tasks.
Computer use also varied by demographic characteristics such
as age, sex, and level of educational attainment.
For more information, call (202) 691-6378, visit the
Current Population Survey program online at www.bls.gov/cps,
or view online the summary of computer and Internet use in
2001 at www.bls.gov/news.release/ciuaw.nr0.htm.